DJ upbeat heading into Playoffs

19 August 2021 20:49:27 GMTPlus11
Dustin Johnson is feeling good about his game.

World number two Dustin Johnson says he is in a "good spot" as he prepares for the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Northern Trust, on Thursday.

The 37-year-old won this event by a massive 11 strokes last year, finishing on a tournament record 30-under-par, and he is 4001.00 to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Ernie Els back in 1997, with Johnson 5.00 to finish in the top five.

I feel like I'm in a good spot.

Dustin Johnson

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Johnson's victory at TPC Boston was the third time he has won the event, having triumphed in 2011 and 2017, but he has never claimed the spoils when the Northern Trust has been played at Liberty National, this year's host.

The American warmed up the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a tied-10th finish at the WGC St. Jude Invitational and he is feeling confident ahead of Thursday's opening round, despite having not tasted success since the Saudi International back in February.

Dustin aims to move up

Johnson currently sits 17th in the FedEx standings, a position which will see him qualify for next week's BMW Championship - the penultimate tournament of the season.

However, he knows he needs a couple of good showing to put himself in prime position at The Tour Championship.

"I feel like I'm in a good spot," he said, as quoted by sportsnaut. "Obviously, I need a good couple of weeks here, first and foremost here at the Northern Trust, and then next week at the BMW just to improve my position going into Atlanta."

Johnson will be playing alongside compatriot Stewart Cink and Chilean Joaquin Niemann over the first two rounds at Liberty National in New Jersey.

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